NEW YORK—Nike released the United States’ World Cup jerseys Thursday, including a mostly white design for home matches that was criticized in advance by a pair of American players and some fans.
DOHA, Qatar—FIFA promised Wednesday to stage free concerts with international stars for visitors to the official Fan Festival in Qatar during the World Cup.
CANBERRA, Australia—Australia’s Parliament on Thursday enshrined in law the government’s elevated target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 43 percent below 2005 levels by the end of the decade.
HANOI, Vietnam—The death toll from a fire at a karaoke parlor in southern Vietnam has risen to 32 and some parts of the building remain inaccessible more than a day later, state media reported.
BEIJING—The powerful earthquake that set off landslides and shook buildings in southwestern China killed at least 65 people and injured hundreds, state media said Tuesday.
BEIJING—China has locked down 65 million of its citizens under tough Covid-19 restrictions and is discouraging domestic travel during upcoming national holidays.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia—Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, 97, was hospitalized Wednesday after testing positive for Covid-19, his office said.
NEW YORK—They came from far and wide for Serena—no last name required, befitting someone as much an icon as superstar athlete—to see her practice and play and, it turned out, win a match at the US Open on Monday night, turning out in record numbers to fill Arthur Ashe Stadium and shout and applaud and pump their fists right along with her.
BEIJING—Twin giant pandas have been born at a breeding center in southwestern China, a sign of progress for the country’s unofficial national mascot as it struggles for survival amid climate change and loss of habitat.
NEW YORK—Dollar Tree and Dollar General reported higher second-quarter sales Thursday resulting from four-decade high inflation driving more customers to bargain chain stores for everything from lightbulbs to groceries.
TAIPEI, Taiwan—US Senator Marsha Blackburn arrived in Taiwan on Thursday, in the second visit by members of Congress since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip earlier this month sharply raised tensions with China.
SACRAMENTO, California—California has set itself on a path Thursday to end the era of gas-powered cars, with air regulators adopting the world’s most stringent rules for transitioning to zero-emission vehicles.
BANGKOK—Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Monday received a petition from opposition lawmakers seeking a ruling on whether Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has reached the legal limit on how long he can remain in office.
LILLE, France—Kylian Mbappe scored after just eight seconds of play to claim the joint-fastest goal in the history of the French league on Sunday.
NEW YORK—The US Open singles champions will receive $2.6 million this year, with total player compensation for the Grand Slam tournament surpassing $60 million for the first time.
NCAA officials sent a letter to its membership Thursday noting its enforcement’s staff pursuit of “potential violations” of the name, image and likeness (NIL) compensation policy and emphasizing the need for schools to help investigations.
SAN FRANCISCO—Airbnb says it will use new methods to spot and block people who try to use the short-term rental service to throw a party.
LVIV, Ukraine—Turkey’s leader and the UN chief met in Ukraine with President Volodymr Zelenskyy on Thursday in a high-powered bid to ratchet down a war raging for nearly six months.
LOS ANGELES—LeBron James has agreed to a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension through the 2024-25 season with the Los Angeles Lakers, his agent announced Wednesday.
TAIPEI, Taiwan—Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen met Monday with a delegation of US Congress members in a further sign of support among American lawmakers for the self-governing island that China claims as its own territory.
BOCA RATON, Florida—The American health-care system faces a significant aging population combined with an increase in seniors living with multiple chronic diseases. Medicare enrollment is expected to increase from 66 million seniors to 78 million by 2030, with 85 percent of older adults having at least one chronic health condition, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Hospitals and health systems will experience unprecedented challenges in delivering quality care and reducing costs, requiring new approaches to keep seniors healthy and avoid costly emergency visits.
Gasoline prices dipped to just under the $4 mark for the first time in more than five months—good news for consumers who are struggling with high prices for many other essentials.
GENEVA—The world’s richest soccer league started a new season in England on Friday as the rest of Europe looks for ways to catch up.
BEIJING—China says it is canceling or suspending dialogue with the US on issues from climate change to military relations and anti-drug efforts in retaliation for a visit this week to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
ISTANBUL—Three more ships with grain have departed Ukrainian ports and are headed to Turkey for inspection, Turkey’s defense ministry said on Friday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Millions of letters and packages sent to US troops had accumulated in warehouses in Europe by the time Allied troops were pushing toward the heart of Hitler’s Germany near the end of World War II. This wasn’t junk mail—it was the main link between home and the front in a time long before video chats, texting or even routine long-distance phone calls.
BEIJING—President Xi Jinping warned against meddling in China’s dealings with Taiwan during a phone call with his US counterpart, Joe Biden, that gave no indication of progress on trade, technology or other irritants, including Beijing’s opposition to a top American lawmaker’s possible visit to the island democracy, which the mainland claims as its own territory.
DETROIT—The surprise deal by Senate Democrats on a slimmed-down bill to support families, boost infrastructure and fight climate change also is likely to jump-start sales of electric vehicles (EV).
CAMERON SMITH has some rather unconventional plans for the claret jug, the trophy that goes to the winner of the British Open.
MICOSIA, Cyprus—A 500-year-old Orthodox icon that was looted from a church in the breakaway north of ethnically divided Cyprus has been returned to the island.